Looking to buy a Galaxy S7 - unlocked vs carrier?

o2bnclemson

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Have been holding on to my old S4 for ages now and old age is finally getting to it, so looking to get an S7 now. I'm with T-Mobile and to buy through them is almost $700 total, or I can buy an unlocked phone for as low as $500. What are the pros and cons of buying unlocked? Any recommendation for a reputable and reliable seller? I'm partial to the S7, rather than the Edge, just because I don't think I'll ever use "the edge" part of the Edge phone.

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Morty2264

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Buying unlocked gives you a ton of freedom. You're not tied to the terms of a two-year contract with your carrier. You're not paying your phone off in increments - you pay it off all at once and you never have to think about it again.

I bought an unlocked device for the first time and it was very freeing. You get more variety of choice with unlocked purchases, as well - so long as your specific device of choice is compatible with your carrier's bands/network, you have nothing to worry about.

Glad you are getting a deal on your S7 unlocked! I'd say go for it! :) Let us know what you decide!
 

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One thing with the unlocked version, the OS updates come much slower then the carrier version.

My T-Mobile S7 Edge on 6.1.1 is on the November 1st security update.
My unlocked carrier free version is on the September 1st security update. Not that big of a difference. The unlocked version works with all T-Mobile phone features such and supports Samsung Pay as well.

I am using both phones on T-Mobile. The unlocked version gets about twice the standby time for as the carrier version and I also get about double the screen usage time. Maybe it's being free of the T-Mobile garb that is giving me all that better performance but I am loving the experience.

I bought mine during the X-Mas sale with it was $120 off at BestBuy last week. It's back up to the regular price now.
 

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One thing with the unlocked version, the OS updates come much slower then the carrier version.

My T-Mobile S7 Edge on 6.1.1 is on the November 1st security update.
My unlocked carrier free version is on the September 1st security update. Not that big of a difference. The unlocked version works with all T-Mobile phone features such and supports Samsung Pay as well.

I am using both phones on T-Mobile. The unlocked version gets about twice the standby time for as the carrier version and I also get about double the screen usage time. Maybe it's being free of the T-Mobile garb that is giving me all that better performance but I am loving the experience.

I bought mine during the X-Mas sale with it was $120 off at BestBuy last week. It's back up to the regular price now.

The global version unlock is pretty good with uodates. Faster than north america version.
 

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